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Curriculum support for NSW Public Schools

Primary teaching ideas by Syllabus and Stage

                                      English Stage 1

Big mob Dreaming : The Bunyip

Rap activities relating to the text support Aboriginal perspectives and include:
  • Wiradjuri Nation teaching activities e.g. language, masks and jigsaws to print and use
  • descriptive and action words and poetry proformas
  • stories with messages from various cultures.

Eggsactly! rap: Egg drop, Don't let the pigeon drive the bus, Bad eggs

Resources and activities from the rap support:
  • visual literacy outcomes
  • humour in picture books and through cartoons
  • resources on pigeon heroes and famous artists
  • link to Comic creator website.

 

Granpa, by John Burningham

Resources from this rap support:
  • written and visual aspects of the text
  • parts of the Families COG (Curriculum Planning Framework).
    Includes suggested books and websites about grandparents, the author and visual literacy.

Possum magic

This book rap assists Stage 1 students to use ICT to locate, access, evaluate, manipulate, create, store and retrieve information and to express ideas and communicate with others.

Reading the pictures - Learning ideasA sample planning sheet that can be used to explore some of the main written and visual features of a text.
Visual literacy: Modality Download a PowerPoint or PDF activity supporting colour modality. Suggestions for use are in the Program and planning section of the Granpa book rap.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, by Mem Fox and Julie vivas

Rap activities and printable worksheets exploring memories and aged people support language and visual literacy. Includes links to websites explaining visual literacy and author and illustrator web pages.

 

                                       English Stage 2

Belonging, by Jeannie Baker

A cross KLA stage 2 rap supporting the unit Local environments in the Curriculum Planning Framework.

Book Week : the Early Childhood books

These units of work archived from the book raps provide a range of activities and proformas to support working towards specific Learning about reading and Learning to read outcomes for written and visual aspects of text in the shortlisted books.

Hans Christian Andersen

This book rap on Hans Christian Andersen's stories was developed for the

Horrible Harriet by L. Hobbs

A unit of work, based on the picture book, focusing on teaching aspects of visual literacy.

Indij readers for little fullas, for big fullas

This book rap assists Stage 1 and Stage 2 students to: work towards English K-6 syllabus outcomes, especially in their understandings about the structures, audience and purpose of texts and to use ICT to express ideas and communicate with others.

Mrs Millie's painting by M. Ottley

This unit of work archived from the book rap provides a range of activities and resources, including web sites and proformas, to support working towards specific outcomes for written and visual aspects of text in this picture book.

An ordinary day by L. Gleeson & A. Creder

A unit of work, based on the picture book, focusing on teaching aspects of visual literacy.

Reading the pictures - Learning ideas

A sample planning sheet that can be used to explore some of the main written and visual features of a text.

Sailing home by C. Thompson and M. OttleyA book rap to support the teaching of Stage 2 English outcomes.

Worst best friends by Max Dan

 

Multimedia unit activities from the rap based on the television series. Includes resources relating to friendship, family relationships, bullying, film literacy and filming techniques.

 

                                      English Stage 3

Book Week : Picture Books

These units of work archived from the book raps provide a range of activities and proformas to support working towards relevant outcomes for written and visual aspects of text in these shortlisted picture books.

Book Week 2007: READiscover: Home, Leaf litter, The rainbirds

Activities and rap resources relating to visual literacy and aspects of Local environments COG (Curriculum Planning Framework) including:
proformas for writing descriptions
links to information on visual literacy
teaching notes on Leaf litter.

Flytrap, by Boori Pryor and Meme McDonald

Rap resources and teaching activities support:
  • Aboriginal cultural understandings of traditional and contemporary perspectives
  • the role of language and story in identity and culture
  • use of humour
  • Aboriginal English, Standard Australian English, code-switching strategies.
    Includes resources on Aboriginal education and audio readings of parts of the text.

Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets by J. K. Rowling

This unit of work archived from the book rap provides a range of activities and proformas and links to a WebQuest.

Luke's way of looking by N. Wheatley & M. Ottley

This unit of work archived from the book rap provides resources to support working towards relevant outcomes for written and visual aspects of text in this picture book.

Matthew Flinders: Fiery or friendly

This unit of work archived from the rap offers opportunities to explore and analyse texts from an impressive range of material, including the State Library of New South Wales virtual exhibition. A WebQuest is also available.

My dog by J. Heffernan & A. McLean

A unit of work, based on the picture book, focusing on teaching aspects of visual literacy

My girragundji by M. McDonald and B. Pryor

This unit of work archived from the book rap provides resources to support developing students' critical literacy skills. Perspectives from and an interview with the authors enrich the material available.

Papunya School book of country and history by Papunya School

A unit of work, with pre- and post-unit tasks, focusing on aspects of visual literacy

ParaGames rap

The unit of work archived from this rap provides a range of resources for developing information literacy for English outcomes.

Reading the pictures - Learning ideas

A sample planning sheet that can be used to explore some of the main written and visual features of a text.

 

                                       HSIE Stage 3

My girragundji by M. McDonald and B. Pryor

The learning ideas archived from the book rap provide teaching strategies for working towards CUS3.3, ENS3.6 when exploring beliefs, cultural influences and Australian identities. Perspectives from, and an interview with, the authors enrich the material available.

On the move

Rap activities and resources on railways in NSW, their history and future related to HSIE Time and change outcomes and safety issues. Link to Australian Railway Stories website with audio stories, gallery and songs relating to railways as well as other historical and contemporary railway sites.

Papunya School book of country and history by Papunya School

Resources relating to the Aboriginal community of Papunya and its changes over time as white settlers moved into the area. Rap activities focused on specific sections of the text include:

  • exploring identity and heritage
  • examining the missions, cattle stations and assimilation policies
  • student worksheets drawn by Connie Ah See look at positive and negative effects of change.

                                       PDHPE Stage 1

Jeffrey - a shared book with road safety messages

This unit of work, archived from the book rap, provides activities designed to encourage teachers to use the shared book to investigate key road safety messages with students.

                                       PDHPE Stage 3

Commonwealth GamesThe learning ideas archived from this rap are designed to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the Commonwealth Games and the importance of an active lifestyle.
ParaGames rap Resources and activities from the rap relating to the Paralympic athletes and games. Includes links to websites and writing scaffold worksheets for various types of texts including expositions.

SciTech Stage 3

Book Week 2007: READiscover: Home, Leaf litter, The rainbirds

Rap resources and activities relating to the Living Things strand of the SciTech syllabus supporting parts of Local environments COG (Curriculum Planning Framework). Includes:

  • interactive food webs, garden activities, falcon webcam
  • museum web pages
  • teaching notes on Leaf litter.

 

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